Fort Ticonderoga holds one of North America's premier collections of 18th-century military material culture. The exhibits contain thousands of objects and tell thousands of stories, narrating the history of Fort Ticonderoga from the military culture of the 18th century to the reconstruction of the fort in the 20th century.
A visit to Ticonderoga is not complete without trying your hand in the laboratory. Located on the 2nd floor of the Mars Education Center, you can try your hand at the trade of the gun founder and artilleryman. Do you have what it takes to lift a cannon barrel? Can you bombard the enemy fortress? Experience the skills of the 18th century artillerymen first hand.
Did you know? In the 18th century “Laboratory” was the place where artillerymen prepared shells, fuses, and cartridges.
"Sarah Pell's Struggle for History and Human Rights" Discover Sarah's pioneering role in historical preservation and women's rights. Learn how the past informs our work in the present.
The Last Argument of Kings: The Art and Science of 18th-century Artillery tells the story of the weapons that dominated 18th-century battlefields. This exhibit also includes the re-installation of elements of the permanent artillery collection along the fort's wall, conservation work on several key artillery pieces, and an interactive activity space located in the Mars Education Center.
Soldiers' Barracks: Fully restored in 1931, the South Barracks has been the museum's primary exhibition space. The building encompasses three stories and nearly 10,000 square feet of gallery space covering topics from prehistory to the 20th century. Highlights include:
Ground Floor West:
- Iron & Stone: Building Fort Carillon
- "It would make a heart of stone melt" Sickness, Injury, and Medicine at Fort Ticonderoga
Ground Floor East:
- 1757: Worlds at War
- Bullets & Blades: The Weapons of America's Colonial Wars and Revolution
- The Face of War/ Le Visage du Guerre
- A Ticonderoga Chronology
- U.S.S. Ticonderoga
- Object Lessons: Perspectives on Material Culture
- Diorama-Rama: History in Miniature
- Beyond Bullets and Blades: A unique opportunity to go beyond the exhibition case to examine and handle original 18th-century weapons with the supervision and knowledge of Fort Ticonderoga’s expert staff. For more information visit: Behind the Scenes and Special Tours